Jean Campos and Patricia Palma own and operate the four year-old, Brazil-based design studio, Romeu and Julieta, which specializes in advertising illustration and fashion marketing. This imaginative design is a multidimensional cross-section of a human head, organized into handy compartments that store different forms of information for the digital age.
This is a lovely collection of retouched portraits by Brazilian local artists. It is one of the latest books I have bought, and probably one of the most beautiful ones I own.
Brazilian-based artist Tati Ferrigno is an amazing illustrator known for her detailed works and especially her pin-up style of art. Her works are so beautiful that some people actually ink them on their skin.
Ok, so this might have done the rounds, but it’s a masterclass. And after too many appalling flights to Brazil with TAP/Air Portugal, it genuinely hurts my soul that I will never be able to write those fuckers such a heroic complaint letter. [Read the entire letter via the Read More link]
Fabiola Morais is a multi-media artist based in central Brazil. These pictures, frames of video, are from the Kayapo Indians, one of the Brazilian ethnic groups threatened by the construction of Belo Monte, one of the largest dams in the world.
Joe Fenton has had a string of successes that any artist would give his right hand for: working with the likes of director Terry Gilliam (Brazil, 12 Monkeys) as a film concept designer and sculptor as well as with companies like Disney and Miramax.
On the June 11, one night before the equivalent of Valentines Day in Brazil, the band Homemade Blockbuster performed an urban intervention which they glued heart-shaped stickers on the red lights all over town and released their new single called Heartlights.
Brooklyn-based Tag Brum is a Brazilian artist whose primary method is drawing and collage. His works explore his experiences of growing up in southern Brazil. His latest pieces talk about street kids and the overwhelming voyeurism of social networks, where eyeballs are staring from nothing at nothing, constantly pressuring one to glamorize every mundane breath to an entropic level.
Juliana Dadalto, a multi-discipline artist from Brazil, can make the simplest detail of make-up become something magical. Her work also involves paper-craft and face painting and were nominated in two categories at the Conexion Beauty Art 2011.
Attending Jonathan Darby’s solo show at London’s Signal Gallery last week reminded me of the movie, City of God. This clichéd perspective of the living conditions of a Brazilian slum was fuelled by how the gallery was set up to resemble your “typical” Rio favela by decorating the environment as such.
With contemporary design and a bohemian air, Olga Olsson’s bikinis are sexy and boast ethical credentials, too. Designer Ruth Ferguson’s stay in Brazil introduced her to the fairtrade project supporting cooperatives of women seamstresses in the favelas.
Sao Paulo designer Andreia Chaves created these extraordinary ‘invisible shoes‘, which are made from a ‘faceted mirrored surface allowing the shoe to reflect different angles of the environment around it thus camouflaging itself with its surroundings’.
The Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Project involved fourteen countries around the world filling crates with the best of their local nightlife and exchanging their country’s crate with another. We were there all the way, following Australia’s involvement. And the final stage, with Brazil and Australia swapping crates, was a beauty! As this video attests.
It’s not often that art is shown making a huge difference in peoples lives, but every now and then, it really does. And nothing makes me happier than to see creativity being used to help better one’s own community. Especially when the end result is as cheerful as project Tudo de Cor para Santa Marta.